Breweries Reduce Water Footprint; South African Wine Workers Mistreated


Small craft breweries and large ones alike are trying to reduce their water footprint by improving farming practices.

Wine Bottle Renew, a start-up in Napa, wants to revive the practice of washing and refilling used glass wine bottles.
[Wall Street Journal]

A roundup of wine apps includes Daily Grape, which features video reviews;, the best all-purpose wine app for serious wine folk; and VintageChart+, by Wine Spectator.
[NY Times]

As more Asians discover wine, appropriate pairings are being found for everything from green Thai curry to spicy Korean stews.

Scientists have unearthed the elusive species of yeast that originally led to the creation of German lager beer 600 years ago.
[LA Times]

A report has found that vineyard workers in South Africa’s Western Cape suffer shocking labor conditions and some of the lowest wages in the country.
[Mail & Guardian]

Madonna has partnered with Smirnoff vodka to launch an international contest to find a new dancer for her next tour.

Meanwhile, Bruce Willis has teamed up with Sobieski vodka to raise money for Fisher House, a nonprofit that provides housing to vets and their families.

A roundup of frozen cocktails around the city includes the Frozen Margarita at Pier 9, 808 State at Lani Kai, and Frozen Mojito at the Commodore.